September 28, 2018


To:  UNCG Faculty

RE: Dr. Samantha Raynor

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Samantha Raynor to the Office of the Provost.  In her new role as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success Initiatives, Samantha will have continued responsibility as the Co-PI and Site Coordinator for the Gates Foundation funded Frontier Set Initiatives and will assume responsibility for a new grant funded project supported by the Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation, Inc. This project involves the development and implementation of an academic success coaching program for first year students.  Samantha will also serve as the point of contact for the newly formed APLU Student Success Transformation Cluster Initiative.  She will also have responsibility for the development, pilot, assessment and scaling of future undergraduate student success initiatives.

Samantha came to UNC Greensboro in February as the Senior Director for Student Success Initiatives in the Division of Enrollment Management.  No stranger to UNCG, Samantha previously served as the Director for Special Projects and Strategic Assessment in Academic Affairs at the UNC System Office.  In this role she worked closely with the constituent institutions to develop and implement various student success strategies.  One of those was the Adult Learner Initiative (also known as part-way home) which had an associated State appropriation of $2.3 million.  Dr. Raynor completed her doctoral work at The George Washington University in Higher Education Administration, her Masters in English Literature at East Carolina University and her Bachelor’s at North Carolina Wesleyan College.